When a day begins with burying your wife in an Ohio graveyard, most people would agree that it can’t get much worse, but for Kendall McCaslin and his son, Josh, it can. On their way back from the cemetery they’re caught in a chain-reaction traffic crash on the freeway and both killed. Surprisingly, they don’t stay dead.
The fatal crash propels father and son into a series of alternate timeline crashes that prove equally lethal until they fashion an escape route. Confused but intact, they struggle to understand what just happened. They know they survived but they can’t comprehend where they are now or why their own memories are in such conflict. It’s not that it’s all bad: in the new timeline, Kendall’s wife turns up alive again; but Josh’s longtime girlfriend has vanished. Oh, and along the way, they suddenly learn that they aren’t the only ones jumping timelines – and those others are not at all pleased.
And that’s just for starters.
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E.A., how did you come up with the title for your book? Does it have any special meaning?
I wanted a title that would be easy to remember, common, but with a double meaning hidden inside it. My story deals with parallel worlds and the surprising ability of the main characters to jump to alternate timelines instead of dying. The title implies the double nature of the plot.
Who was your favorite character and why?
Hugh Everett III was my favorite, and such a challenge to write, since he is actually two different versions of himself in two different timelines. I know that sounds contradictory, but really, it makes perfect sense in the story. The bedridden, egotistical, acid-tongued, but unfailing Hugh was the most fun.
Does your book have any underlying theme, message, or moral?
To a large extent the novel is simply a “what if” story applied to an historic, and currently very relevant, quantum mechanics theory. But, on a deeper level, it’s a celebration of the pluck, adaptability, intelligence, and iron determination of normal people faced with critical choices.
What would/could a reader or reviewer say about this book that shows they “get” you as an author?
If readers said they felt enriched after reading my book, that would be high praise. Obviously, I want readers hooked by my story and in love with my characters, but more than that, I want their minds and hearts still engaged after they close the book. That’s what really matters.
Give us an excerpted quote from your favorite review of this book:
“The premise is interesting and handled well. The writing is assured and confident. The blend of dialogue, introspection, setting, description and action is perfect.”
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